Do Parents Play a Role in ABA Therapy? – Parent’s Guide to Autism

  • Posted by Dr. Mike Mihajlovic
  • On March 21, 2017
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A recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry highlighted the importance of addressing the emotional needs of parents who have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Finding: The study found, parents who reported higher levels of emotional stability, had children who experienced more developmental progress through [...]
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Understanding Attention

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 25, 2017
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Difficulty paying attention can hinder the learning process for a child on the autism spectrum. The following attention processing model can help parents and clinicians reduce this difficulty. Let’s imagine attention processing is like playing a game of ping-pong. For a child to perceive something, the ping-pong ball bounces from the child, to the outside [...]
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Chaos vs. Consistency

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On March 26, 2013
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  • balance, skills, structure
The world contains billions of bits of information that require processing on a second-by-second basis. Objects, movements, qualities, and quantities are all processed by your senses. When a child has a difficult time processing this information, it doesn’t take long before they back away from the world and retreat into their own thoughts. Imagine your [...]
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Developmental Issues

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 20, 2013
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  • behavior, child, development, piaget
An infant is born into an environment which, from a perceptual standpoint, is undifferentiated. Initially, the child does not know the difference between the self and the non-self. The child first begins to experience sensations from outside itself and inside itself without the ability to differentiate between the two. Sensory stimulation from all the senses [...]
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Review of Behavioral Principles

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 20, 2013
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  • applied behavior analysis, child with autism, children with autism, learning, therapist
In this post the goal is to outline certain behavioral principles and give basic background information about behaviorism to help the reader better understand what guides our thinking about treatment. I will cover respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning, and new information on derived relational responding. We also provide an outline of applied behavior analysis, [...]
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Introduction to Early Autism Treatment

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2012
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  • autism, behavior, child with autism, children with autism, motivation
We believe that it’s important to understand typical development and complex behaviors. Highly complex behaviors are considered advanced development, and there are neurological changes that occur as the complexity of a child’s behavior increases. We hope to provide new therapists with an understanding of how behaviors build upon one another to become complex behavioral patterns. [...]
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Introducing Learning Experiences

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2012
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  • child with autism, children with autism, experience, learning
As a child grows, his understanding of cause and effect will be challenged, requiring more problem-solving ability. One exercise in this area involves having the parent hold a desired item until the child looks at the parent’s eyes. As the parent holds on to the item, the usual response is for the child to pull [...]
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Teaching a Child to Enjoy the World

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 20, 2012
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  • applied behavior analysis, child, child with autism, children with autism, therapy
It’s important that a child with autism feels comfortable and happy with his or her environment. These children often have difficulty with new environments and may be unwilling to try new foods, lash out with temper tantrums in new places, or show anxious reactions when exposed to unfamiliar people. The first goal is to understand [...]
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